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Weather Blog: Transitioning from heat to thunderstorms

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Posted at 8:37 AM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 17:49:55-04

Good Sunday bloggers,

In order to have a heat wave you need three straight days with highs 95 or higher. Officially, we saw highs at 94 Friday and Saturday. Today will be around 90. So, we fell short of our first heat wave of 2020.

A cold front is stalling around I-70 today and it will be wavering around through Wednesday. At the same time we will see a series of disturbances track east out of the southwest USA monsoon. (The monsoon occurs every summer in the southwest USA and brings daily showers and thunderstorms.) These disturbances will run along the front creating areas of rain and thunderstorms. So, we are expecting periods of rain and thunderstorms through Wednesday with a low severe threat. Some thunderstorms may have strong winds.

Before we go into the forecast, take a look at the percent average rainfall across the region during the last 30 days. The rain last Wednesday helped out many along and north of I-70. There are still rather dry areas for much of southeast/east central Kansas and the southern 1/2 of Missouri. There is still a pattern of the most rain going around us and you can see that as well. Later today through Wednesday will see most of the rain come through eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

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Officially, we have guaranteed that July will finish with above average rainfall. We average 4.45" for the entire month and we are sitting at 4.76". This total will go up this week.

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Click on the video below for a full update.

Have a great week and stay healthy.